Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds

Related Information: Real Estate Property Lister Office

Sharon A Martin
Register of Deeds
Welcome to Washington County
Register of Deeds

Please contact our office at
(262) 335-4318 or E-Mail 
with any questions.

Thank You.

Under the authority of Chapter 59.43 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Register of Deeds is the custodian of both land and vital records. Documents recorded in the office are a matter of public record and can be inspected by anyone during regular business hours


Documents submitted for recording the end of December 2018 must be received at our counter

no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018

Any document received after 4:00 pm
 will not be recorded until Wednesday, January 2, 2019



Statewide issuance of vital records that are available in our office are as follows:


Type of Event             Date of Event


BIRTH                        October 1, 1907 to present

DEATH                      September 1, 2013 to present

MARRIAGE              June 21, 2015 to present

DIVORCE                  January 1, 2016 to present


Vital records that do not meet the above criteria must be obtained from the county where the event occurred

Fees for Vital records are as follows:

$20.00 for the first copy (of each record)
$3.00 for each additional copy



There are 3 ways to obtain vital records:

 1.  Come into the office located at: 432 E Washington St West Bend
      You can print out and complete an applicaton form (above) and 
       bring it with you to our office.  (identification is required)
 2.  Complete the application form (above) and mail it to our office
      with the appropriate fee.
 3.  Order online with credit card (see below) 

 Acceptable forms of payment are Cash or Check made payable to  "Register of Deeds"

Any questions pertaining to a specific Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce record that is on file with our office, please call (262) 335-4321 or send an e-mail to our Vital Records Clerk.

Click below to send an e-mail to our Vital Records Clerk

E-Mail Vital Records Clerk

- The person named on the record.

- The parent of the person named on the record

- The legal custodian or guardian of the person named in the record.

- A member of the immediate family (spouse,child,brother,sister or

- An agent representing the person named in the record.


For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Washington County Register of Deeds has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Click below for Condominium Plat & Declaration Checklist

Recording and Filing fees are governed by Wisconsin Statutes and are uniform throughout the State.

Documents received between 8am-4pm are recorded the same day they are received.

Original documents that have been recorded are returned in three business days.

Please make checks payable to Register of Deeds.

 DOR Website:   Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Return 

 Blank Forms:    Real Estate Documents

 WRDA Website:Miscellaneous Forms

Recorded Documents

All documents submitted for recording are $30, regardless of the number of pages


Document Copies and Certified Copies


  • Copies of recorded documents are $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.
  • Certified copies are $3.00 for the first page (includes the certification) and $1.00 for each additional page.


  • Subdivision and Condominium Plats are $50.00 regardless of the number of pages.
  • Department of Transportation Project Plats (TPP) are $25.00 with one page being one plat.
  • Plats are 22"X30" in size except for Condominium Plats which are 14"X22".

Washington County began electronically recording of documents via the Internet in January 2003.

Electronic recording does more than simply eliminate paper. It automates document examination, fee collection, image retention and data processing.

Electronic Recording results in greater efficiency and better use of existing resources. Productivity increases by minimizing time requirements, reducing costs and increasing document acceptance and accuracy.

Title companies, financial institutions, law firms and other businesses involved in real estate transactions recognize great benefits from electronic recording. Counties reduce the manual processing effort associated with paper processing from days and weeks to just minutes. The electronic process reduces risks for title companies and reduces post-closing costs for lenders.

If you would like to take advantage of recording documents Electronically, contact one of these eRecording vendors:

Mark Moats
385 Oak Manor Dr.
Oshkosh, WI 54904

eRecording Partners Network (ePN)
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401

CSC (Ingeo)
251 Little Falls Drive
Wilmington, DE  19808 

Indecomm Global Services (US Recordings)
2925 Country Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55117
Contact: Xong, Corey or Randy

Genealogical & historical real estate records are available back to the mid-1800's. You may search our records anytime between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.






  • Sign in at the front desk and leave by 4:15 pm
  • No CAMERAS, cell phones, scanners, private copy machines, food or drinks.
  • Ask Register for approval of laptop
  • No children under the age of 12
  • Be respectful to others and work quietly. No loud talking, laughing or noise making



  • Have clean hands, be gentle, use care and ask for assistance
  • Use only pencils
  • Don't write on, alter, mutilate or destroy any records. Handle all books with care and respect. Return all books to their proper space
  • Report any damages to records or inappropriate searching
  • Only one verbal warning will be given. Continued violators will be asked to leave the office

NOTE: A statewide vital records law went into effect June 1, 1907. Vital records were not required before this time so our records are limited

Through a partnership between Washington County and the Washington County Historical Society, historic plat books were scanned, cataloged and are available to search and view on-line at no charge. For a small fee, full size copies are available; please visit the Register of Deeds office.

Following the link for a given plat book will bring up a list of the pages available for that year. All pages are in .pdf format and require the free Adobe Reader to view.

    The maps included on this site should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.
1859 Plat Book
1873 Plat Book
1892 Plat Book
1915 Plat Book
1929 Plat Book

Additional years will be added when historic books are located and copyright laws permit.

Information is provided on the Washington County Internet Map Server as a convenience and is for informational use only. Although Washington County makes every effort to provide complete, accurate, and current information in this application, the County cannot guarantee the quality or completeness of the included information. Washington County, its officers, employees, agents and assigns make no warranties, expressed or implied, for the contents of this web page. If you find any errors or omissions, you are encouraged to report them to the GIS Division of the Washington County Planning and Parks Department. Information provided on this site should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein. The information included in this application is public record. 


LandNotification is available in Washington County!


What is Land Notification?  The LandNotification system gives you the ability to monitor a name or a specific parcel of land for property real estate activity. You can create one or more alerts that are triggered when a real estate document is recorded in the Washington County Register of Deeds office with the name identified in the alert. When an alert is triggered, an email will be sent to the email address provided; the email will contain more information about the activity and will have a link to LandShark, our county on-line property records system.


How much does it cost?  Nothing.  There is no cost to the user.


How do I sign up?  There is a link to LandNotification on the Washington County Register of Deeds office webpage where you can sign up.


For more information, contact Register of Deeds Sharon Martin at 262-306-2225 or

Please Log In to LandShark below to access the search functions. 

If you do not have an account you will need to register through LandShark to create a User Name and Password

For your convenience there is a user guide available on the website
if you have any questions on how to search.

                       CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LANDSHARK

Surveyors working in Washington County are required by state statue to file with the County Surveyor copies of plats they create in the course of their work. The Real Property Lister Office archives these plats for the County Surveyor. If you wish to learn if a survey is available for a particular property please visit the following link:


Washington County Real Property Lister
432 East Washington Street
Room 2040
West Bend, WI  53095
Telephone: 262-335-4370


  • Vital records such as birth, death and marriage are filed in the office as long as the event takes place in our county.
  • Genealogy and historical records are available back until the mid-1800's.


    If you have questions regarding specific information in the Register of Deeds office, please click on the person below to send an email.

                                        CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LANDSHARK

LandShark is a web-based tool for the location and retrieval of land record documents. With LandShark, you can search for land record documents and, if the document is available on our system, actually view the document on your computer. 

LandShark is designed to be used by two different types of users: daily users and occasional users:

  • Occasional Users

LandShark has an internet option for the Occasional User working in the real estate related business. If you do not have a good real estate background, you are best advised to visit the office of your local register of deeds and get assistance to locate your documents. If you have a good real estate background, you will have no difficulty using LandShark. Statutory copy fees are assessed to pay for support and maintenance of the system and can be paid for by using your credit card.  If you are interested in searching the real estate records in the Washington County Office of the Register of Deeds, click Occasional LandShark

  • Daily Users

LandShark has an internet access program designed for title insurance firms and other real estate related firms that operate in Wisconsin and need daily access to the land records in the Washington County Register of Deeds office. (If your real estate related firm needs only intermittent access, or if your computer expertise is limited, please consider using Occasional LandShark instead.) Statutory copy fees are assessed to pay for support and maintenance of the system and can be paid for by establishing  an escrow account.  To research more about escrow accounts, click Daily LandShark.